The Night Owl

Because I'm always up way past my bedtime trying to get that 'one last chapter' in....

 

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The Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim This turned out to be a really charming and witty book. It was a nice surprise because I thought it might be on the dull side when I first looked at it, but someone recommended it to me so I gave it a go. Just one of the beauties of being a GR user. :)

This book is just one big tub of happy. It’s about four very different women, each miserable in their own way and in much need of an escape. They end up sharing an Italian villa in San Salvatore for an entire month. Other than the adventure of getting to the villa this isn’t a book with action rather von Arnim keenly focuses on character development. During this gorgeous month in Italy the women do a lot of introspection which leads to a lot of transformation by the end of the book. There’s some socializing, but as readers we’re mostly in the headspace of each of these women. It sounds dull, right? But trust me it’s not.

Elizabeth von Arnim is a gifted writer. She manages to gives these women distinct voices with their own story, but is still able to combine their stories to make this beautiful novel. I think that’s an apt descriptive word for this novel…beautiful. The sunshine, wisteria and other descriptions of scenery are absolutely gorgeous. The dialogue and internal monologues of the women were pretty hilarious. I actually found myself laughing, which was surprisingly because like I said before I thought this was going to be on the dry side.

Anyway, Enchanting April is absolutely enchanting and charming. If you can’t go off on your own vacation I highly recommend this one. I can’t wait to see the movie now.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick I started coveting this book when I first saw it at Borders in 2007. I thought it was gorgeous, but I just wasn’t willing to pay full price for a book that I thought of as a “picture book for the sophisticated”. And yes, I know it’s a middle grade book, but the artwork is gorgeous. Anyway, I knew it held promise but it never went on sale and then I just sorta forgot about it until the movie came out. But, by then I was knee deep in other books to really make an effort to check it out. Then the other day I discovered the “middle grade” section of the library, saw this bad boy and snatched it up. Whoohoo!

Man, this book is unique, creative, genius and all kinds of awesome. Selznick creatively combines multiple forms of storytelling to create this gem. It’s a combination of text, pictures, flip book and yes, even silent film all in one package. The pages are bordered in black making it reminiscent of an old black and white movie. A lot of the action is told through the pictures, so you can flip through them. Some pictures are used simply to state a point. I wish more authors (ahem, Jonathan Safran Foer I’m referring to you) would take note on how the pictures help to enhance the text rather than distract.

It’s not all about the pictures though. There is a good story within all those pictures. Hugo is the story of a young orphaned boy who suffers a series of losses and ends up living in a Paris train station. This is how he comes across real life filmmaker Georges Méliès. When I first started reading this book, I didn’t understand why it was labeled historical fiction. Admittedly, I was so taken by the cover and the innovative story telling that I didn’t pay much attention to the book description. Turns out this story has a pretty good history lesson in it as well.

Since reading Hugo, I’ve finished Selznick’s other book [b:Wonderstruck|10128428|Wonderstruck|Brian Selznick|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327885739s/10128428.jpg|14826219], which also uses a combination of text and pictures. I really love Selznick’s brand of story telling and I can’t recommend him enough. I think his books will definitely get kids turning the pages and enjoying stories.


Favorite Quote (This quote makes me want to go to my nearest bookstore and stack the books so I can recreate this scene.):
"Hugo looked around. At first he didn't see anyone else in the shop, but then, like a mermaid rising from an ocean of paper, the girl emerged across the room." (p. 147)
Grave Mercy - Robin LaFevers 4.5 stars
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater 1 ½ Stars

Okay, I know I’m in the minority with the ratings on this book. It may have been the narrator or it could’ve been just been the story, but I found it boring for the most part. The audio is read by Will Patton. The best way I can describe his voice is sleepy. Perfect for meditation maybe, but not for audiobooks. I don’t know if Will’s soothing voice was chosen because this story is sleepy in itself. It’s a meandering; mysterious journey through Henrietta, Georgia with touches of magic realism and a tad too much wtfuckery going on for me. Down South is known for a slower pace of life and this story definitely reflects that. The action doesn’t pick up until maybe 75% of the story, but by then I was just ready for it to end.

I think Stiefvater was going for a character based book, but the problem for me was that there were too many characters to focus on. There are the Raven Boys, which consists of 4 boys each with their own set of problems and then Blue’s crew of mom and 3 of her psychic friends. Add to that a villain and some side characters. *mind explodes* There were times, when I had to rewind just to figure out who was talking. Plus, I can’t say I felt any attachment to any of the characters. They felt distant and not relatable. I can’t put my finger on why I felt that way though. I think part of it was the dialogue. It felt unrealistic. But, I also think it may have been a case of too much mystery surrounding the characters and not enough substance.

I thought the story had potential, which is why I’m going with 2 stars. Some of the characters were interesting, like Adam and Ronan. Unfortunately, two of the main characters, Blue and Gansey, I didn’t care for. I also didn’t care for the possible love triangle or whatever the hell is supposed to be going on between Blue, Adam and Gansey. It reeks of oncoming lameness to me. I say oncoming because nothing is defined in this book. Which brings me to another point…

The “revelations”. They were somewhat lame and even a little anticlimactic. During one major revelation about one of the boys I thought “Who is he again?” Shortly after that I predicted his story and sure enough, I was right for the most part.

This story was weird. Some plot points reek of mystery, but then others have so much heavy foreshadowing you can pretty much figure out where it’s going to go. In between all that there is some what I like to call WTFuckery thrown in, which I guess is there to keep readers on their toes.

Anyway, I didn’t really care for this. I found myself getting impatient for things to happen and when they did it felt like “that’s it?” or at times, “wtf?” The end was a jumble of wtfuckery. But sadly, by then I was just glad to have finished.

I know I sound like a masochist listening to a sleepy audio/story on a long commute, but I had no back up on my iPod and I thought it was going to get better. It did have a promising start, at least. I got this as a free audio through YA Sync’s Summer Program. Next time I’ll listen to the sample before downloading AND have a back up on my iPod. Lesson learned!
Fresh Off the Boat - Melissa de la Cruz This book wasn’t even close to my radar until I needed an author’s name that started with “de” or “van” for a challenge bonus task. While, I didn’t get the bonus points I did find a hidden gem in this book.

The story is told from the perspective of 14 year old Vicenza, a recent Filipina immigrant. Her parents were very wealthy in the Philippines, but after suffering an economic downfall the family was forced to relocate. They chose America, The Land of Big Dreams, with the hopes of having an easy transition, but instead they are faced with a hard, new reality. Faced with a new social economic position, placed at the bottom of the pecking order, dealing with the newness of everything is very tough, but compound that with being thrown into a wealthy high school and the turbulent years of teenage hood and well, I think we can all empathize with Vicenza’s position.

I really enjoyed reading this. The writing was surprisingly good. I thought Vicenza’s voice came off as authentic. I found myself laughing and at times even relating to her, even though I know nothing of the Philippines. I also enjoyed the lessons Vicenza learns along the way. I didn’t think it was overly preachy or anything.

Overall, this was a quick, fun read. I definitely recommend it and look forward to reading more of de la Cruz’s books.

Favorite quote:
“It starts at eight, so I thought we could get there at eight-thirty. We can’t get there early- that’s so lame!” I told him. I knew all about this stuff from reading teen novels and watching movies like She’s All That. p.114 (e-book)
The Hidden Gallery - Maryrose Wood, Jon Klassen In the last installment, Ashton Place was left in ruins thanks to The Incorrigibles and their new pet squirrel, Nutsawoo. This one picks up a month or so after. As repairs are still underway, Lady Ashton gets the bright idea (of course, after it was mentioned to her by Miss Lumley) to temporarily move everyone into a London townhouse. This presents plenty of opportunity for “educashawoo” excursions for Miss Lumley and The Incorrigibles as well as social opportunities for Lady Ashton. Or so, that’s the plan. But, as the book points out even the best laid plans go astray.

The book started a tad slower than the first one, but once it got going it was pretty good. I liked how Ms. Wood reminds readers of what happened in the previous book without going on for pages or interrupting the flow of the current story. Not many authors share this talent. She’s also able to inject educational tidbits without bringing the story down.

In this second installment, we have the same characters as before but we also meet a nice playwriter dubbed Simawoo by the children and we finally meet Miss Mortimer, Penelope’s old school mistress. We also meet Gypsawoo and some pirates!

As for the mystery portion of the story, just like the last one there is no resolution. However, readers are given a few more clues, so the plot thickens in time for the third installment.

Like the first this one is a fun read. It’s appealing to children of both sexes and I think adults will enjoy it too.


This was one of my favorite quotes in the book:
"As Agatha Swanburne once said, 'To be kept waiting is unfortunate, but to be kept waiting with nothing interesting to read is a tragedy of Greek proportions.'"

So true, Agatha. So true.
The Mysterious Howling - Jon Klassen, Maryrose Wood I downloaded this audio for free courtesy of YA Sync’s Summer Program. I really wouldn’t have come across it otherwise, since these books are in the juvenile section of the library. A section that I don’t frequent unless I’m looking for something in particular, because I’m ashamed to admit that I consider it the “baby” section of the library. Shame on me, because I discovered that while looking for the second book in this series there was a whole YA section I was missing out on. Not only that, but this series is pretty good!

The Incorrigibles are a funny lot. Alexander, Beowulf and Cassiopeia have a strange and mysterious canine background. No one knows exactly where these children came from or who to they belong too, but it’s Miss Lumley or Lumawoo, as she is called by the children, to mold them into proper, educated children. Of course, hijinks will result from Lumawoo’s efforts. Surprisingly enough, the children are quick learners, but they still have plenty of quirks that get them into trouble. The children are rather endearing though and I couldn’t help but fall in love with them.

I also really liked Miss Lumley. She is only 15 years old and recently graduated the Swanburn Academy for Poor Bright Females. For 15 years old, she takes herself, her charges and her job rather seriously, but there are times when her youth comes out and it’s a joy to see.

I was a tad annoyed that the mystery part of the book wasn’t any closer to getting solved by the end. I suppose the author is using it as a tactic to get kids reading, which I’m not opposed too since I enjoyed this first one and have already read the second one. But still, I would’ve liked to see us getting closer to a resolution instead of more mystery attached to the end.

The audio was read by Katherine Kellgren. I thought she did a good job with the voices. At times it was a bit melodramatic and pitchy for me, but overall it was a fun audio.

So overall, this was a fun read. I think both children and adults will like this series.
Obsession - Jennifer L. Armentrout Okay, I fully admit that this book sometimes had my inner feminist screaming. I really, really shouldn’t have liked it as much as I did. If I had any shame maybe I would call this book my guilty pleasure. But, eff’ that. I have no shame. I have no guilty pleasures. I won’t make any excuses for what I like. I will wave my Twilight Team Jacob shirt proudly as I stomp around in my 50 Shades of Underwear on full display.

So, now that you have that lovely image in your head…

I liked this book...even though I shouldn't have. Hunter is as the title suggests obsessive, stalkerish, a jerk at times and was even touchy when he had no permission to touch. The rational women part of my head was offended at times.

Serena isn't the best heroine either. She isn't clutzy like Bella, but she is a Mary Sue. What infuriated me about her was her reaction to her best friend's death. By Serena's reaction you would've thought they were frenemies. She barely acknowledges the loss because she's busy thinking about the hotty alien she's forced to be with. She acknowledges that her life is in danger, but that's about it. Then towards the end it's like "Oh yeah, my bestie is dead and I need to give her justice. Oh and I have no one left because my parents are dead. *sad face*" (O_o)

The relationship...well, it's more like a lust-lationship. There isn't much to base it on. Yes, they're together in a house for awhile but the narrative is mostly internal dialogue from both Hunter's and Serena's perspectives. The character interaction shown is mostly when they're lusting all over each other or on the odd occassion Hunter talks about the Arum side of things. I can't say I really cared for the relationship because I didn't feel like it was properly developed. On the plus side though, the sex scenes were muy, muy caliente.

This brings me to what I did like about the book. The Arum side of things really fascinated me. In the Lux series they're portrayed as the dark shadowed bullies of the universe. But, as the old adage goes there are two sides to every story. I really am enjoying Armentrout's world building. I like the complexity of it. It's no longer about one species being oppressed, but about how everyone can coexist with their differing agendas and it raises the question- do the humans even know what they're getting into? Seems like they have no real clue they're playing with fire.

I also liked that Daimon makes a slight cameo appearance. It definitely makes me excited for Origins. Also, Luc and his sidekick are featured and well, those two were interesting in the last book. I would love to know what Luc's story is.

The bottom line is that Armentrout admitted that she set out to write a book for adults in the Luxen/Arum world and well, she accomplished just that. This book is full of sexiness...although at times the sexiness is of the dark and possesive variety (Twilight Haters won't like this) with some Luxen/Arum world building expansion thrown in. It says in the book description you don't have to read the Lux series, but it's helpful to read to at least book 3 because some things are referenced or expanded on.

Anyway, TLDR version of this review is: I enjoyed this book for the sex scenes entertainment value it provided. :D
His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik I put this book on my list because it meshed two of my favorite genres: historical fiction and fantasy. However, I’m not a big fan of military or war in my books so I sort of put off reading it. So stupid of me! This book was fantastic!

This story was engaging from the very beginning. I loved the writing style. It was surprisingly witty and easy to read. I thought it would get bogged down with war and military strategy, but it wasn't. There was enough detail to make the story believable, but not enough to make my eyes glaze over. :)

I also loved Novik's dragons. I can't say there was anything new or really original in Novik's concept of dragons because I've seen different elements of her idea used in other books. But, I fell in love with the dragons' personalities. I never thought I would find myself crying over a dragon, yet that's exactly what I did at one point. Went into a straight ugly cry. I fell particularly hard for Temeraire. Gods, I wanted to give this dragon a great big hug!!! I loved his relationship with Laurence. I can't wait to read more about these two.
Don't Bite the Bridesmaid - Tiffany Allee This book showed up on my feed one day when a GR friend was reading it. The title was so charming that I had to pick it up despite the recycled plot line (anyone remember The Wedding Date?). Turns out this story is a funny, lighthearted romantic comedy (just like the movie), but instead of a male escort we have Noah, the hotty vampire from next door.

I’m not going to go into what the story is about because the storyline is rather obvious. I will say Noah and Alice have nice chemistry together. You can’t help, but root for the two of them. Noah is pretty hilarious too, in his need to keep up and prove himself, which is funny coming from a 200-year old vampire. I also really liked Alice’s family. They are a fun loving group.

Overall, this is a perfect beach read or if you need a pick-me up book. Apparently, this book will be part of a series. Just note that this one does not end in a cliff hanger and it’s perfect on its own if you choose not to continue. As for myself, I think I’ll definitely pick up the next one when it becomes available.

Imzadi - Peter David Starlequins are not my usual reading fare. I tend to stay away from science-fiction. I don’t know why, but since childhood I’ve always had a mental block against sci-fi. The horrible covers and the intergalactic space names cause a severe mental block. But, as I’ve matured as a reader I’ve come to realize that I’m missing out and I’ve been working to rectify that. Become more open minded in my reading choices and all that. So in short, while I’m not a Star Trek fan and I’ve never even seen an episode (please, don’t point your phasers at me!) I decided to give this book a chance when someone picked it as a group read.

As you can tell from the description this book mixes sci-fi with romance. I liked that this book wasn't sappy. There were some romantic scenes, but it was a nice mix of romance, comedy (which surprised me), mystery and action. There was also a good storyline that involved the Deanna and Riker relationship. I won’t go into spoilers, but there is a good reason for the relationship to exist besides them being in love. Overall, I found this to be a nice mix and really enjoyed it.

I will say that since I’ve never seen an episode of Star Trek there was one scene I found a little puzzling. I knew there was more to the scene than what was stated in the book. The answer wasn’t pertinent to the story, but it was nice to know the background story to the scene. However, if you just ask your local Trekkie to inform you, you’ll be okay. :)
Dead Ever After: A True Blood Novel - Charlaine Harris I really never thought I would be saying this when I started this series out, but I’m so glad that Harris decided to end this series. It just needed to end already. Ever since Harris introduced the demented fairies and their stupid plot the series took a turn for the worse. It was like Harris wrote herself into a hole and couldn’t come up with anything creative to get out of it. I kept reading because, well its brain candy and I wanted to see how she got herself out of the hole.

This book is not much different than the others in the series. It’s the same formula: mundane details about Sookie’s life, a Sookie murder plot, friends rallying around her, etc. The only exception is that Harris throws in all of Sookie’s ex-loves and some past characters. Overall, while it wasn’t the greatest wrap up book, it wasn’t as bad as some fans are making it out to be. Granted the characters are boring now, but I don’t know what people expected as far as Sookie’s love life. I don’t understand why fans would even think Sookie would end up with Eric. Their relationship was on the fringes and nearly over 2 books ago. This book just brought on the inevitable. The only thing I’m sorry about is that we had to go through this series’ whole drama to end up at square one.

From what GR shows Harris will be coming out [b:After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse|17239876|After Dead What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse (Sookie Stackhouse, #13.5)|Charlaine Harris|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1364533931s/17239876.jpg|23766743] (Sookie Stackhouse #13.5) in October 2013. I’ll probably read it if I can get it from the library, but I certainly won’t pay for it nor will it be on the top of Mt. TBR. Once I finished Dead Ever After, I can’t say I was clamoring for more. It was more like a sigh of relief that Sookie and the rest of the world can now move on.
Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein Originally, when I read this book I gave it 3 stars. I thought the beginning was hokey, but then after a few pages it became interesting. Then a lot of aviation jargon was thrown in and that just didn’t really interest me. Anyway, I kept reading and the story became interesting again, but not interesting enough that I had to pick it up. Then I hit the second half of the story and that was when the magic happened and this beauty came together. By the end, I was in tears and I didn’t even know how they got there. I still went with the 3 star rating though because of my beginning experience. But it’s been about a week later after reading this book and I’m still thinking about it. The ending was just that powerful.

I can’t even go into a proper review with this book because it can all be easily spoiled. There are so many twists and turns and revelations that it’s hard to even say where this story is going. But man, when it gets there it gets there. I had to bump it up another star simply for the ending and how it made me think of friendships and what I would do if placed in that position. I really wish I could take the Twi-crap out of teens hands and put this book in its place.
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd - Jim Fergus One Thousand White Women is a scary title. It makes me think of the White Walkers in Game of Thrones.


All these zombified women walking across the plains looking for Indians to chomp on assimilate. In way, I think my alternate history story is not as farfetched as Fergus' story, but I digress. The title is a real turn off for me, but since my group Historical Fictionistas chose this as a group read I decided to give it a try.

From the beginning Fergus lets his readers know that this story is a 'what if' that never came to pass. It's based on the story of a Cheyenne chief who requested 1,000 white women as brides for his warriors. The thought is that since the Cheyenne society is matrilineal, the children produced from these unions would help the tribe assimilate into the white man's world. In real life, the request was denied but in the fictional world Fergus explores the consequences of this request through the eyes of a white woman named May Dodd. While I can certainly appreciate Fergus’ take on the “what if” this request came to pass, I didn’t enjoy this book. It was one of those cases where the idea sounded great, but the execution was poor. Very poor.

One thing that bothered me was the narrative style. True to its subtitle, the book is written in journal form. I don’t normally like this style of narration, but I was willing to go with it. The problem I had with May’s journals is that they weren’t so much journal entries, but dated mini stories. These “journal entries” had pages of dialogue, currently happening events and details included. It’s like Fergus never read a journal in his life. Even the letters that May wrote to her sister and ex-husband were in actuality mini stories. May recounts every little detail from the scenery to what everybody in the conversation said. As if this wasn’t bad enough, the dialogue is so freaking racist and stereotypical. I just. CAN’T. EVEN.

Okay, let me just take a deep breath and give you an example. This is Gretchen, the Swedish woman, in the group. By the way, the italicized text appears in the book as is:

'Gretchen Fathauer stood, solid as a house, her hands on her broad hips, eyes squinted against the sun. Finally she raised her fist in the air, and shook it as if to get their attention, and cried out. “Yah! All you fellas there! I am a goot woman! I make someone of you a goot wife.” And she pounded her breast. “I yam not a pretty girl but I make bick strong babies!” And she laughed, bellowing like a cow.' p. 102


EVERY character with an accent speaks lik dis. Every.Single.One. Plus, they all play into the stereotypes of their culture. For example, Phemie, the only African American in the group is portrayed as a warrior African queen. She walks about half naked showing off her flawless cocoa skin and breasts as she rides with the men. What’s so ironic about Fergus May writing the dialogue like this is that she prides herself in being so modern and all inclusive, yet she acts like a stereotypical, judgmental white woman.

This was another thing that bothered me: May. When you can’t stand the main character you know you have problems. At first we’re supposed to be sympathetic towards May and you know, I was. It was unfair the reasons why she was put in an asylum. But, rather than moving on she kept dwelling and repeating those reasons. It just became repetitive and I became unsympathetic. I think Fergus was trying to show how May was still bitter, but it just got on my nerves, especially with all the other crap she spewed.

One point that was made during the HF discussion was that May came off as too modern. I have to agree and add that so did some of the other women. I hated how May would barge herself in situations, especially with the Indians. For example, there was a certain place where women weren’t allowed, so May talked another one of the women into walking right in and sitting down. The Indians protested a bit and then just left them be. Sorry, but this is bullshit. I don’t think she would have gotten a free pass to be so arrogant and disrespectful of rules just because she was a white woman.

The only portions I enjoyed were the scenery descriptions. I think Fergus did a wonderful job of putting the reader into the scene. Too bad the rest didn’t come together.
Twice Tempted - Jeaniene Frost I really do love Jeaniene Frost and the Night Huntress series she has created, but the Night Huntress World series has left a lot to be desired. Mainly, it’s because the side characters (Spade, Vlad and Mencheres), who are comedic yet hot end up being piles of mushy man meat in their own novels. Vlad’s series had promise as I noted in my last review. While I didn’t quite like Leila as much as Cat, I thought Vlad was a lovable badass and on par with Bones. That is until he handed his balls over to Leila.

*sigh*

I really don’t know what happened to Vlad in this one. I still don’t get what he sees in Leila. She’s definitely developed into a stronger heroine, but she also became a whiney bitch in the process. “Love me. Give me all of you! Wah, wah, wah!” Bitch, please. It’s been like less than 4 months of togetherness. Why would you expect him to put a ring on it? Especially, with all the ensuing drama that wasn’t completely solved in the last book and with all the crap that happened in his past. Ugh, then her gold digging Jersey Shore sister. I’m surprised Vlad can stand the lot of them. My Vlad, the original Night Huntress Vlad, would’ve hightailed it out of the situation eons ago.

Which brings me to this pansy ass Vlad Frost presents to us in this sequel.


The original Vlad was a hardcore, sarcastic, badass, taken no prisoners, fuckyouverymuch, arrogant bastard. That’s what made Vlad who he was! The Vlad in this sequel is not even a shadow of the original Vlad. Yes, he has a dungeon and still appreciates a good torture, but what happened to the sarcasm and the hardcore arrogance? This is what made Vlad funny. His comedic one line zingers that put people in their place. That was sooo missing in his book. This book was all about Leila, her whining and need to prove herself and putting the ole’ ball and chains on Vlad. *rolls eyes*

I also have to mention that the plot line for this book was so freaking predictable. We still know a certain villain is out there, so it’s not hard to put two and two together. Frost, please give your fans a bit more credit! The only thing that surprised me a bit was some of the betrayals and what surprised me a lot was that it took so fucking long for Vlad and Leila to figure shit out. The highlight of this book for me was a Cat and Bones cameo.

I’ll probably read the next one because Frost is supposed to end at 3 and I still hold high hopes that Leila will hand back Vlad his balls, so he can go back to his original personality and I can go back to swooning over him.
The Immortal Highlander - Karen Marie Moning I’ve been looking forward to reading Adam’s book for awhile. Adam better known as Puck in mythology is one of the few characters to have appeared consistently throughout the series. Many times without Adam’s mischievous interventions we wouldn’t even have a story. This Adam is not like the one that appears in mythology though. This Adam is a hot Fae, who favors a dark blacksmith’s build. *drool* Adam is thousands of years old, which means he’s pretty much seen it all and this is what accounts for his mischievous side- pure entertainment…not to mention a slight fascination he has with humans. He’s not mean spirited though and all of his actions are for a reason. Anyway, all this rambling is to say that Adam is an interesting character and I was interested in his background since the first book.

Now, I’ve complained in each book review I’ve done for this series how the heroines are all so cookie cutter just with different interests. Unfortunately, Gabrielle is no better. Again, we have a highly intelligent, beautiful, hard-working, Mary Sue-ish, 25 year old virgin. Her shining talent is that she can see Fae. She kind of reminds me of Sookie Stackhouse, to be honest. There’s even a family genetic trait passed down on the female side of her family. That’s not to say I didn’t like Gabrielle, but she didn’t bring much more to the table than the other heroines did in their stories. Together these two have some nice chemistry, but let’s just say it is Adam’s hotness that really makes the book.

Some of the previous characters like the MacKelters make an appearance in the book. Circenn and his previously virgin wife, whose name I can’t remember are mentioned, but not shown. Bottom line is you will want to read these in order to catch the references to the other characters.

I don’t know where the series is going to go from here now that Adam is not involved (or at least I don’t think he is), but I’m willing to give the next one a try when I need some brain candy.